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International Guitar Festival in Freepsum

In early 2011 I came up with the idea to bring together all the great guitarists of the young international guitar scene who I met on concerts, festivals or the wide world of Youtube on one stage. I found auxiliaries in Freepsum, so the association „Landkultur Freepsum e. V.“ and I realized the first international guitar festival at their venue in september of the same year. We had six acts on only one day, which was quite a marathon concert. But nevertheless we got such an overwhelming feedback that there were no other options than turning this festival into an annual event. Since then, the festival grew constantly, was completed with workshops and an open stage and arranged on two festival days. It is wonderful to see, how the festival became a meeting place of a still growing big „family“ of guitar ethusiasts from all over Germany, the Netherlands and beyond.

The increase in popularity can surely also be traced back to the specialization on famous and not yet famous young musicians, who are not older than 30 years, but internationally noted for their exceptional capability. Also the hosts, Karen Witt and Maximilian Pulst make no exception to this.

Together with Philipp Wiechert I form the artistic direction of the festival since 2012. In the first four years we could bring guitarists from eight different countries to Freepsum, such as Brooks Robertson (USA), Simon Riedlecker (Austria), Emil Ernebro (Sweden), Lars de Rijck (Netherlands) and the winners of the European Guitar Award Franziska Henke and Christian Buchmann (Germany).

Every year the festival takes place in august or september in the wonderfully restored „Kultur-Gulfhof“, the location of the association „Landkultur Freepsum e. V.“ which makes the festival an unforgettable event every year with such commitment and dedication.

We hope that the festival will persist for a long time and will still give us many musical highlights at one of Europe´s lowermost spots.